Today in the U.S., we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King and his achievements as a civil rights activist and as a great leader of the 50’s and 60’s. Dr. King, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, inspired Americans to re-evaluate freedom and equality. Some fifty years later with even more knowledge and technology, our nation continues to struggle with equality of all people no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion. In honor of Dr. King, his movement and equality of all human kind, I want to share a few lines from his famous “I Have a Dream” speech to remind us all that segregation of any kind only sets us back instead of leaping forward.
I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.